Residential new home starts in McPherson were down from January of 2015 and Lead Building Inspector Bill Athey said that wasn't unexpected.
“There were no new residential in January 2016,” Athey said. “The Dodge data and analytics showed a level decrease in our region of minus three percent, which started last October and it finished the year of 2015 at that minus three percent. This is similar to what we anticipated in October.”
Looking at the cost comparison, January was down over $300,000 from a year ago at $414,593.
“Year to date cost comparisons, while low, is not relatively substantial compared to 2015 as a whole,” Athey said. “January 2016 is off to a slower start than anticipated due to a number of factors with delayed development and construction plans.”
January saw 49 total permits issued in January, down only one from 2015.